Engaging the Traumatized Child: A Fresh Perspective on Neurodevelopment, Social/Emotional & Behavioral Issues (Grades K-8)
All too often traumatized child in our society are categorized as experiencing mental / physical abuse, begin victimized in some way, inhabiting war-torn areas, or a head injury of some kind. However, developmental trauma (such as chronic everyday stress or even stress experienced in-utero) has the same impact on the brain as an acute episode of trauma. Trauma in all its forms has a profound impact on the developing brain and body. The real question is – could you or the children you work with be experiencing it right now?
It is not just the conscious memory of a traumatic event that a child must deal with. Trauma is stored in the brain as primarily sensory memory — a muscle movement, a taste, a smell, a feeling, or a sound. To understand how difficult it is to overcome this type of trauma, think about how difficult it would be to “unlearn” riding a bike or playing a piano.
It is essential that professionals who work with children understand the true dynamics of brain development and how it can be impacted by traumatic experiences. Practical application and creative interventions for students whose social, emotional &/or behavior difficulties may stem from trauma will be discussed; these interventions may also be applicable with young people with Asperger’s Syndrome or other forms of Autism.
In This insightful 90-minute webinar author, Aaron Wiemeier, MS, LPC, will discuss the latest research on how trauma — including stress — can impact the developing brain and how this may translate into difficult behaviors seen in the school and at home.
- Provide participants with a base of explanation of structure, function and development of the nervous system
- Pinpoint the single-most important aspect of all human functioning and provide key elements needed to cultivate a more positive outcome in this process.
- Debunk common myths about “trauma” and how it affects the brain and behavior.
- Grasp the depth of trauma and its impact on brain development and child behavior.
- Equip participants with the tools necessary to recognize some of the warning signs of a traumatized child and what they can do to create a context for healing in both the home and school.
- Comprehend how brain structure and development is connected to behavior and traumatic experience
- Create new tools for professionals working with students on issues such as:
- Emotional Regulation
- Cognize the single-most important aspect of all human functioning as it relates to children (and yourself), along with key elements needed to cultivate a more positive outcome in this process.
- Unlearn common myths about what trauma actually is and its affects on the brain and behavior.
- Explore recommended tools to help professionals recognize warning signs of a traumatized child and what they can do to create a context for healing in both the home and school.
- Apply current insights from brain development & trauma to improve effectiveness in working with young people.